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Posts for: July, 2014

12 Tooth Whitening Foods

1. Apples, pears and guavas increase salivary production which flushes away stains over time.

2. Cauliflower and cucumbers also help to increase salivary production, the natural way to flush away stains.

3. Cheese is rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus, all of which can help safeguard  against the acids in your mouth.

4. Sesame seeds help scrub away plaque.

5. Salmon provides calcium and vitamin D, nutrients needed for healthy bones and teeth.

6. Shiitake mushrooms help inhibit bacteria from growing in your mouth.

7. Onions help reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay.

8. Pineapple acts as a natural stain remover.

9. Green vegetables like broccoli, lettuce and spinach contains iron which helps form an acid-resistant film or barrier that can help scrub away stubborn stains and protect the enamel on your teeth.

10. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue.

11. Carrots contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy tooth enamel.

12. Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.


July 16, 2014
Category: Informational
Tags: Baby Teeth  

The "In and Out" of Baby Teeth

For a kid, losing baby teeth is the ultimate sign of growing up.   Baby teeth are usually lost in the order they arrive: the bottom two incisors first, followed by the top two. Your child will probably begin losing his or her baby teeth around age five or six, though it can happen as young as four years old. Essentially, the root will dissolve as the adult tooth pushes out. Though baby teeth generally fall out by themselves, they can also become stuck in food when your child is eating and may accidentally be swallowed (totally harmless, we promise).  So, what else is important to understand?

NEVER, EVER force or yank a loose tooth out! If the root has not completely dissolved, the tooth can break off leaving the root behind, which can cause infection.

It’s okay to wiggle. It’s best to encourage kids to wiggle loose teeth. If it’s hanging on by a thread, you can grab it with a tissue and gently rotate to remove it.

They’re so BIG! Don’t worry. Adult teeth come in full size. Your kiddos head, however, will continue to grow!

What’s with the color? Baby teeth are whiter than adult teeth. The color difference will be less noticeable as more adult teeth arrive.

It hurts! About the time your child’s baby teeth are falling out their six-year molars are erupting. Gums may appear swollen and kids may complain. Over the counter analgesics should help.


Another reason to brush and floss:  People who rate their dental health as poor or fair are 55% more likely to have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in their mouths than those who judge themselves as good or excellent, reports a study of 3,400 adults.  About 60% of throat, tonsil, and tongue cancers are linked to HPV, which means it may up your oral cancer risk.  

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July 02, 2014
Category: Holidays
Tags: July 4th  



Just a reminder that Downtown Crystal Lake's 2014 Sidewalk Sale is July 17, 18, & 19 (Thursday - Saturday) 
Sidewalk Sales Hours:

    • Thursday, July 17 (8AM - 7PM)
    • Friday, July 18 (9AM - 6PM)
    • Saturday, July 19 (9AM - 5PM)

Please note: many of the Downtown merchants will continue their Sidewalk Sales on Sunday, July 20th.

A bargain hunter's delight!  Merchants set up tables full of great merchandise at great prices.  Guaranteed to be something for everyone!  DJ Music all-day Saturday.   Rain or Shine!